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Bridear step into the dark

BRIDEAR are set to return to western shores this Autumn with a 9 date run of shows across Europe and the UK.

Freshly signed to Setsuzoku Records, the Fukuoka 5 piece will be bringing their highly anticipated new release, Bloody Bride, on their Into The Dark Forever tour.

Fans have been waiting for their first international album release Bloody Bride, which is due out 7th May through Setsuzoku Records. Featuring dedicated artwork for the cover, those lucky fans who preordered the release will also recieve 2 limited edition Bridear guitar picks.

Fans have been abuzz on the preorders and with the release of title track Bloody Bride and further release Daybreak, we know we are in for an incredible record.

The bands 2019 album Expose Your Emotions will also receive an official international release featuring an all new cover, booklet and 3 bonus tracks.

The tour announcement is sure to set the Japanese metal community into a frenzy after what feels like an eternity of no live music due to the ongoing pandemic.

Tickets are available from April 9th at

To pre-order Bloody Bride (international release)

To support Bridear


Sally#Cinnamon and Tomoya S

Underground indie pop-rock band HEAVENSTAMP has been signed by SETSUZOKU RECORDS.

Today’s announcement from the newly established label brings the Tokyo duos chilled and uplifting sounds to an international audience for the first time. Since their inception way back in 2009, vocalist Sally#Cinnamon and guitarist Tomoya.S have developed their signature groove with a nod to pop-rock acts such as Blur, Bjork and Bowie.

The duos first full length release, HEAVENSTAMP, was back in 2012 under Warner Music Japan, after catching the labels attention just a year earlier. HEAVENSTAMP went on to establish their own indie label, Tengoku Records, in 2017 after going back underground, where they went onto release their second record TENGOKU-INKAN WO KIKINASAI, an epic pop-guitar driven moment.

After successful festival appearances in Japan and a UK TOUR, HEAVENSTAMP had made their mark and built an international reputation, co-producing work with British guitarist Russell Lissack (Bloc Party) and US Indie band Animal Collective. Third album, LOVE BUILDERS, showcased Sally#Cinnamons incredible voice backed by Tomoya.S and his infectious song writing and productions skills.

The duo have performed in the UK before, most recently the latter part of 2019. With the summer of 2020 tour being postponed, there is no announcement as of yet about rescheduled dates. They have recently been working on new music, which we can look forward to soon in 2021.

Heavenstamps addictive and organic pop-rock melodies will surely make an impression with their first international release due in the early 2021 with SETSUZOKU RECORDS.


Desurabbits to end activities

Tokyo based idol group DESURABBITS have announced that they will end activities next year.

The announcement came as a shock to the fanbase who were enjoying a Livestream event for the 7th anniversary of the unit on their official YouTube channel.

The members thanked the fans and stated there would be a final one-man live in June 2021.

Yuzu Okawa, Emi Mochizuku, Karin Yasuo and Akira Kanzaki aka Bucho left messages of thanks to the DESURABBITS Army on their twitter account.




SETSUZOKU RECORDS announces IBUKI as first artist – solo album ExMyself to receive European release with exclusive bonus track.

SETSUZOKU RECORDS is proud to announce heavy metal vocalist
IBUKI as the label’s first artist on October 12th.

The new label will release IBUKI’s debut solo album ExMyself as a European Special Edition on CD and collector’s edition vinyl on the 29th January 2021. The ExMyself European Special Edition will feature the original 8 album tracks plus a bonus track recorded exclusively for SETSUZOKU RECORDS.

“I am very honoured that my album will be released in the UK and the EU,” said IBUKI. “This album is a special edition compared to the original release in Japan and includes a brand-new song as a bonus track just for the UK/EU release…please look forward to it!”

Boasting both power and range, IBUKI’s reputation in J-metal as a vocal powerhouse is secure, but it is time for international audiences to discover one of Japanese metal’s brightest talents.

“IBUKI is not just a great vocalist but also a songwriter and arranger who deserves an opportunity to shine outside of Japan,” said SETSUZOKU RECORDS co-director Christopher Morris. “IBUKI’s work as guest vocalist with numerous projects over the years has been excellent, but it is as a solo artist that she really becomes a force to be reckoned with.”

Along with the original 8 album tracks and an exclusive bonus track, the ExMyself European Special Edition will feature a new booklet with additional content. SETSUZOKU RECORDS will also be producing a range of new IBUKI merchandise to be made available via the label’s soon to be launched webstore.

IBUKI – ExMyself European Special Edition is out 29/01/2021 on CD and collector’s edition vinyl. Available at online retailers, the SETSUZOKU RECORDS webstore, and select physical record shops in the UK and EU.

For further queries:

SETSUZOKU RECORDS is the record label arm of Orion Live (UK) Limited, an artist services company dedicated to Japanese artists. The label licenses for the UK/EU market the music and merchandise of a diverse array of artists representing hard rock and heavy metal, idol, J-pop, anisong, and more.

New Horizons for ORIONlive

On the 28th September 2020, UK based events promoter ORIONlive announced the arrival of their new record label dedicated to Japanese music.

‘ORION LIVE (UK) LIMITED is proud to announce the launch of its brand new record label, SETSUZOKU RECORDS’.

With the continuing promise to connect the UK and EU to Japans exciting and diverse music scene, the new record label will license and distribute music and merchandise from Japanese bands and artists.

Christopher Morris, co-founder of SETSUZOKU RECORDS and co-director of ORIONlive, said “So many great artists, from hard rock and heavy metal to J-rock and Idol, deserve the opportunity to reach a larger audience and see their careers ascend”.

With Setsuzoku meaning ‘connection’ in Japanese, Christopher continued “After the success ORIONlive has achieved connecting Japanese artists with foreign fans via live events, a record label was the next logical step in assisting artists in reaching their goals.”

The new label will release exclusive European editions of full albums, EPs and singles; there will also be a focus on the revival of physical music products. “Digital releases are also important and SETSUZOKU will be entering that world as well,” continued Christopher. “But consumer tastes are leaning towards a revival of physical music product and we hope to continue that trend.”

We can expect SETSUZOKU RECORDS first release in January 2021, with a full schedule of further releases in the New Year also on the cards. Releases will be distributed across the UK and Europe for physical retailers, available via most online sellers, and available directly through the SETSUZOKU RECORDS retail webstore.

ORIONlive have made a name for themselves in the live event and promotion scene in the UK since 2017, bringing an array of Japanese bands and artists to both the UK and Europe. In the fall of 2019 the successful Metal Matsuri weekend at the O2 Islington, London attracted bands such as Marys Blood, Unlucky Morpheus, Mardelas and Blood Stain Child, for a first of its kind spectacular.

ORIONlive is dedicated to promoting the best artists from Japan’s diverse music scenes to the UK and Europe.

The announcement of the new label will have Japanese music enthusiasts excited for what will come to these shores, and it is surely to be an electrifying start to 2021.

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